BC Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory from the Government of British Columbia

On April 19, 2021, the Premier of British Columbia made an announcement regarding travel to BC (and around the province). While we have been under a travel advisory since the pandemic was originally announced last March, Premier Horgan has now suggested that travel restrictions may be enforced with roadside checkpoints, “there will be a fine if you are travelling outside of your area without a legitimate reason” Horgan stated on yesterday’s public update. The province has asked the tourism industry to reject bookings from people travelling outside their health region to assist in lowering the number of COVID-19 cases provincially. 

While, at this time, we will not cancel any booking without a request from our guests, we are asking all travelers that were planning on coming to the resort for non-essential travel in the next 5 weeks to postpone until after May 24, 2021. We look forward to hosting you this summer at the resort for your vacation needs. 

If you need to amend your reservation please call our front desk team at 250-341-4000.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 
Is the resort still open? Yes, the resort is currently open for essential travelers. 

What is considered essential travel? Essential travel is defined on the Government of BC website here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/travel/current

Are your amenities open? For now, yes. However, we cannot guarantee that our amenities will remain open, as we must follow orders from the province. 

What is your cancellation policy? Typically 48 hours prior to check in on your arrival date, but at this time we have a relaxed cancellation policy. Call us directly at 250-341-4000 to discuss your options.

Can I make a reservation for this summer? Absolutely! Our agents are taking calls for future bookings at 250-341-4000. 
Clip from CBC News:

“The formal order for the restrictions will be put in place later this week, and they are in effect until Monday, May 24, the end of the May long weekend.Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, said May 24 was chosen because it’s when the province expects to have 60 per cent of its adult population protected with the COVID-19 vaccine.”Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-new-travel-restrictions-1.5993919



Travel Advisory: “At this time, all non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. For example:Do not travel for a vacationDo not travel to visit friends or family outside of your household or core bubbleEssential travelIndividual circumstances may affect whether a trip is considered essential or non-essential. Essential travel within B.C. includes:Regular travel for work within your regionTravel for things like medical appointments and hospital visitsFor example, if you live in Vancouver and work in Surrey you can continue to commute.” 
Source: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/travel/current

Columbia Valley Golf Course Opening Dates

Golf in the Columbia Valley is coming your way! Here are the open dates that we have found so far. Of course, they are all weather permitting.

Copper Point Golf Course:

The Ridge – March 26

The Point – April 2

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Eagle Ranch:

April 1st

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Radium Golf Group:

Radium Springs – April 8

Radium Resort – April 15

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Windermere Valley Golf Course:

March 26

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Greywolf Golf Course:

May 7

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Fairmont Golf Courses:

March 26 – April 23

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Spur Valley:

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We will see you on the course! Cheers to a great golf season.

Skate the World’s Longest Ice Trail

On a crisp, sunny day this February we took an adventure out to the world’s longest skating trail, the Whiteway located right here in Invermere. In 2014 the Lake Windermere Whiteway was named the world’s longest skating trail by Guinness World Records. At over 30km in length, this multi-use trail offers ice-skating as well as groomed skate and classic cross-country ski trails.

If you don’t have skates or skis, we have the perfect solution for you! Inside Edge offers cross country ski rentals, snowshoes and skate rental; daily, 3 days and weekly.

While there is no longer snow to ski in on the Whiteway, the ice will hopefully stick around for a few more weeks! The Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club does a fantastic job maintaining this beautiful outdoor space all winter long. The club asks for a small donation fee of $5 per use which helps them maintain the trails. If you are a local and plan on using the Whiteway frequently, it would be wise to look into their Whiteway Season Pass.

Parking to access the Whiteway is located at Kinsmen Beach. At the entrance you will often find the firepit burning and Canadian Mountain Experience‘s mobile food truck parked near the hockey and skating rinks. If you are looking for a day of family fun, that is also extremely budget friendly, then a visit to the Whiteway sounds like the perfect day for you!

While we were out and about we had an opportunity to check out Columbia Valley Tour Co.‘s new ice fishing shacks. Columbia Valley Tour Co. is a new adventure company in the valley. Whether you’re looking for a fishing excursion, hiking, camping, or the whole package, they have you covered. 

The season may be close to over for the Whiteway, but we highly encourage you to add it to your bucket list for next year!

Beginner Ski Lessons

Next on our Local Adventure Awaits campaign was a trip to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Hill. Fairmont Ski Hill is a family friendly ski area that offers rentals, lessons, lift tickets and tubing. Whether you’re a novice adult, a young learner or even an experienced skier or boarder looking to brush up on your skills, their Snow School has the right program for you.

First up: rental gear

Laura was geared up with ski boots, skis and of course, a helmet. She was also able to purchase a new neck warmer (that doubles as a face covering) for her big lesson. Their rental shop offers gear that can be rented for the day, the week or even the season. Big and small they’ve got it all!

“If your skis or board in need of repair, a wax or a tune-up, our qualified ski and snowboard techs are on hand to get your equipment serviced and get you back on the slopes as fast as possible.”

https://www.fairmonthotsprings.com/shopping/ski-and-board-rentals/

And she was off; Laura’s first time on skis! At the beginning of the lesson she informed everyone that she would not, in fact, be going on “that thing that pulls you up the hill” (also known as The Happy Trails Plater Lift). Her instructor started her off nice and easy, taking it one step at a time and guess what? Before we knew it….

“Huge shout out to my instructor Garrett. He not only helped me get over my fear of going up the platter and coming down the hill, but he also made me want to come back for more!”

-Laura

Overall we had a great day at the Fairmont Ski Hill! Laura has since been back for more lessons and can’t wait for more time on skis. Thanks to the Fairmont crew for having us out for the day.

For anyone looking for a beginner ski lesson or a great hill for the entire family, Fairmont Ski Hill is the place for you!

Winter Fun at Nipika

Copper Point Resort visits Nipika

Local Adventure Awaits day number 2 took us to the winter paradise of Nipika Mountain Resort. It is located in a secluded location just off of highway 93; approximately a 45 minute drive from Copper Point Resort and well worth the drive! Nipika is surrounded by a magnificent trail network spanning over 1,500 acres, set along the Kootenay and Cross River valleys with stunning mountain, river, and forest views. The trails are built and maintained by the Nipika crew and include cross country skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing in the winter and hiking, mountain biking, and trail running in the summer.

Our chosen activities for the day? Fat biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Some of these we had never done, others, one of us hadn’t done in 30 years!

First up: fat biking.

Copper Point Resort fat biking at Nipika

FAT BIKING IS SO MUCH FUN. This is definitely something that both of us would love to go back and do for an entire day! Nipika has 30km of dedicated fat bike trails, groomed into smooth corduroy. Imagine singletrack fun in winter: flowy with rollers. Ride the south loop for a scenic expanse with panoramic views. Ride the north loop for forested trails with views of the canyon and rivers, and to ride across the Natural Bridge.

Next: Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is such a relaxing activity and might be the best way to get in touch with nature. The silence of the forest, the crunch of the snow…ahh it’s a beautiful thing!

There are a variety of dedicated snowshoe trails that run on single track through the trees, along clifftops, and beside the rivers.

And lastly: Cross Country Skiing

First off, Steve, the General Manager hooked us up with ski rentals (yup, they offer rentals right there on site) and then we were on our way. Let’s just say that the founder of Nipika, Lyle Wilson, makes this sport look pretty darn easy. We started out on our butts but with some instruction and a quick lesson from Lyle we were on our way to success!

Nipika is a cross country ski mecca with 50km of groomed trails. They are professionally groomed on a regular basis for both classic and skate skiing. The terrain ranges from beginner to expert and flows through treed areas, open spaces with mountain views, and alongside the Kootenay and Cross Rivers.

So how much is it to play at this winter oasis? Day use fees are $12 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. Check their website for rental fee rates: www.nipika.com/

And for our furry guests: don’t worry, you can bring your humans with you to Nipika as they are fully pet friendly! You might even meet a new friend or two!

Nipika - Pet Friendly

Big thanks to Steve, Lyle, June and the rest of the Nipika crew for giving us a chance to check out some of the local adventure that they have to offer. We can’t wait to come back for more fun!

Source:

Trails. (2021, February 11). Retrieved February 19, 2021, from https://nipika.com/nipika-resort-rocky-mountain-trails/

Snowshoeing in Kootenay National Park

The first day of our Local Adventure Awaits campaign took us to the gorgeous Kootenay National Park which is only a quick 15 minute drive to the park gates in Radium Hot Springs. KNP was established in 1920 as part of an agreement to build a new road across the Rockies. Thank goodness they agreed to what is now known as highway 93 way back then as many locals and visitors alike use this access road daily today. In our opinion, a great feature of highway 93 is the lack of cell phone service. You can go hiking, snowshoeing or site seeing all day long and never hear one “bing” from your phone, just silence.

First, we had to pick up the gear for our big day; snowshoeing was our activity of choice. We stopped by Far Out Adventure Hub and talked to Phil about renting some snowshoes and chatted about the other adventure gear they offer. We found snowshoes, snow tubes (for tobogganing), cross country skis and ice skates all available for rent at Far Out.

“We started offering a delivery service for the products that our customers just couldn’t fit in their vehicles. It has been a very popular service and we are happy to see our customers having fun using our gear!”

Phil – Far Out Adventure Hub (www.rentfarout.com)

You can rent a snow tube and go tubing at the park in Radium only a few blocks away. Rent some ice skates and skate at the local outdoor rink or venture into Invermere to the Whiteway. Whatever you choose to rent, just make sure you have fun!

Heading into Kootenay National Park, our second stop was at the park gates where we paid our day use fee to the friendly Parks Canada gate attendant.

“Parks Canada manages an extensive world-class system of protected natural and cultural heritage areas where Canadians, and people from around the globe, can experience the best Canada has to offer. All of these places provide visitors high-quality experiences while contributing significantly to local economies.

To maintain its operations, Parks Canada relies largely on government appropriations and supplements its budget with revenues from user fees. Government appropriations are used primarily to protect cultural and natural heritage in Canada for the benefit of all Canadians. Revenues generated by fees partially recover the costs required to provide those products and services, for which users receive a personal benefit.

These fees are set so that Parks Canada can provide amazing experiences and great value to visitors, and continue to make important contributions to tourism across the country.”*

The Best Trails in Kootenay National Park for Snowshoeing

While there are a lot of really beautiful trails throughout Kootenay National Park, we prefer the ones at the south side of highway 93 for quick access from Copper Point Resort. Here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Redstreak Creek Trail – This trail is only 4.6kms in length, but have you ever snowshoed 4.6kms? It’s a lot slower than hiking! Enjoy the sound of the creek at the bottom as you crunch through the forest of Douglas Fir trees. With only a few switchbacks at the beginning of this trail, it is a pretty easy trail for any beginner to explore!
  2. Dog Lake Trail – Want something that checks all of the boxes? This is the one for you. Mountain views? Check. Suspension bridges over the Kootenay River? Check. A lake destination? Check. Yup, it’s got it all!
  3. Juniper – Sinclair Canyon Trail – You don’t have to go far to find this one. Park at either trailhead, one in the parking area just inside the park gates or at the Radium Hot Springs main parking lot. There is some fun elevation here and takes about 2 hours round trip (hiking) with a 260m elevation gain. But hey, if you choose to park at the Radium Hot Spring pools parking lot, you can take a quick dip post hike!

Overall, we had a great day exploring Kootenay National Park and we sure are grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the World. Our hope for you is that you too get the opportunity to adventure into the quietness of the forest and leave feeling fulfilled with gratitude.

Thank you to Far Out Adventure Hub for providing us with the gear to go for an adventure and to Parks Canada for doing a great job of maintaining our beautiful Kootenay National Park.


Sources:

* Parks Canada Agency, G. (2021, January 20). Fees. Retrieved February 12, 2021, from https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/tarifs-fees

Local Adventure Awaits!

This winter has been different than winters in the past. Rather than taking weekends off to visit friends and family afar and seek sunshine during our cool Canadian winter, we have been hunkering down locally and really exploring all that there is to do outside in our beautiful valley. This year, we’ve learned to embrace all that a Canadian winter has to offer.

A few of our Copper Point Resort team members have ventured out to local businesses to explore the local adventure that Invermere, Radium Hot Springs and Fairmont has to offer. From snowshoeing to cross country skiing to fat biking and everything in between, I think it’s safe to say we’ve learned a few new skills in the snow.

Over the coming weeks we encourage you to follow our Local Adventure Awaits campaign on our social media platforms to learn more about the fun to be had in the Columbia Valley and, of course, give yourself a laugh or two at our attempts to learn new skills!

Snowshoeing in the Kootenay National Park

We are proud to have linked arms with the following businesses on this campaign: Far Out Adventure Hub, Nipika Mountain Resort, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, flyingmax.com, Panorama Mountain Resort and Inside Edge.